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Herbert AdlerHerbert Adler

Major, United States Air Force (retired)

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The dynamic interaction of team players corresponds to the winning basketball teams of our youth and the coordination of the Air Force pilots and supporting cast we grew into, in our mature years. Here lies the fluid structure of HMS and the healthy growth of medicine.

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Nick AlveyNick Alvey

MD Class of 2016, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The most impactful part of my experience at HMS so far has been my classmates. It is so inspiring to spend every day with people who genuinely want to change the world for the better. I am amazed by their tenacity and ability to achieve, and it has motivated and challenged me to explore different facets of medicine that I probably never would have discovered without them. I look forward to engaging and collaborating with them to address medicine's toughest issues throughout my career.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

As an internationally respected medical institution, HMS holds an extremely influential position in the eyes of professionals and the public alike. With its broad range of resources and renowned faculty, HMS can leverage its position in the medical world to make broad impacts in biomedical research, medical education reform, and health care policy. As it has done in the past, I am sure Harvard Medical School will continue to be a leader in these fields for the foreseeable future.

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Nathalie ApchinNathalie Apchin

Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Working with the best and brightest at HMS is constantly challenging me to reach new heights.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

In an increasingly competitive environment, HMS has the intellectual and financial resources to constantly experiment, evaluate, transform, and ultimately advance its mission to eradicate disease and educate the next generation of health care leaders.

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Alexander Arrow, MDAlexander Arrow, MD ’96

President and Chief Operating Officer, Biolase, Inc.

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I learned at least as much from my fellow classmates at HMS as I did from the faculty. Particularly in the 3rd and 4th years, learning to work together, cooperatively, with other hyper-competitive people in an environment that is utterly new (as the hospital setting was to me) was good preparation for the path that my career took. As a medical technology entrepreneur, working with teams to develop, launch, and sell new medical devices embodies a similar kind of challenge, and the more novel the product, the more unknown the environment for it will be.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The research and teaching at HMS and its affiliated hospitals is likely to continue to play a major role in the creation of new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. The reach of HMS should not be thought of as limited to those who continue the honored tradition of practicing medicine directly, but should also consider the impact of those who leave clinical practice to contribute to health care in other ways. Here, too, HMS has had and will continue to have a big influence.

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Christopher Cameron Baker, MDChristopher Cameron Baker, MD ’74

Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS gave me superb clinical experiences, excellent academic training, and exposure to a great faculty and the ability to develop close, life-long friendships with fellow classmates. HMS instilled in me a life-long love of learning and the desire to seek answers to difficult questions and the ability and privilege to deliver excellent care to patients.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School has always been and will continue to be a leader in medicine-not only in education and research but also in developing networks to work on multidisciplinary solutions to the problems of health care delivery.

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Edward M. Barksdale Jr., MDEdward M. Barksdale Jr., MD ’84

Surgeon in Chief at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland; Robert J. Izant, Jr. MD Professor at Case Western Reserve University

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS transformed me as an intellectual, as a clinician, and most importantly, as a person. The rich clinical relationships that I formed with my professors, clinical teachers, and fellow classmates allowed me to understand how to pursue academic excellence, clinical expertise, and humanitarian service.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By continuing to be a remarkable place to attract superb talent and incubating these individuals to become the leaders and innovators that transform health, medicine, and society.

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Sigall K. Bell, MDSigall K. Bell, MD ’97

Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director of Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Boston Children’s Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Yeats once said that "Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire." That is what Harvard Medical School has done for me. I am continually awed and inspired by classmates, colleagues, teachers, and beloved mentors who "think big" (and outside the box!).

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David B. Bergman, MDDavid B. Bergman, MD ’66

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego; Former President, San Diego Psychiatric Society; Practicing Psychiatrist (retired)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS made me a better physician, administrator, and, more importantly, a better person.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will remain a leading educator and innovator in the development of medical technology and new best practices.

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Rachelle BernackiRachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Director of Quality Initiatives, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Many clinicians agree that it is incredibly hard to conduct an effective and compassionate conversation with patients about their goals in the setting of a serious and advancing illness, though it has been shown that these conversations with patients will help them feel more supported in getting the kind of care that they want. At Ariadne Labs and DFCI, we are focusing on the improvement of care for patients with serious and life-threatening illness and have developed a Serious Illness Care Program, including a process for identifying patients at high risk of dying, a training program for clinicians, a system for triggering conversations at the appropriate time, and a conversation guide and coaching program to support clinicians caring for patients with a serious illness. We are bringing the best practices of palliative care experts to general physicians—primary care physicians, oncologists, cardiologists, etc.—to help them address patients and families most important goals. Our mission is to assure that every patient who has life threatening illness will have a personalized end-of-life treatment plan that meets his or her unique goals.

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Jesse Berry, MDJesse Berry, AB ’04, MD ’08

Ophthalmologist, Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

This is Ruby Chan, a 9-month old with retinoblastoma, preparing for examination at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Ruby was 3 months old when she had chemotherapy; now she is treated with laser every 3 weeks to destroy the remaining tumor. Ruby has been through so much in her short life! I am grateful that I trained at HMS which inspired me to pursue surgery and the rare field of ocular oncology. Every day that I care for patients with retinoblastoma, I carry on the HMS tradition of excellent clinical, surgical, and translational care that Ruby deserves from her doctor.

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Ernesto Bertarelli, MBA ’93Ernesto Bertarelli, MBA ’93

Co-President, Fondation Bertarelli

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My family’s commitment to life sciences research goes back over three generations, and today, the Bertarelli Foundation aims to continue this legacy by working with the world’s leading scientists to help find solutions to problems that, yes, are challenging, but which are also not intractable. It is a privilege for the Bertarelli Foundation to partner with HMS to achieve the overarching goal that we share – to affect real change. It is remarkable what can be achieved through genuine, meaningful, and lasting partnership between great institutions in the U.S. and Switzerland.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS’s researchers and students are operating at the forefront of medicine and science. The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering at HMS is remarkable in what it achieves as a whole – facilitating and encouraging scientists and medics from wholly different disciplines, backgrounds and, of course, locations, to work together. I look, for example, at the work being done on paralysis and hearing problems and am heartened and excited by the progress we have made towards achieving our goal of improving lives.

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Joshua BogerJoshua Boger, AM ’75, PhD ’79

Founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Working with HMS I have a more complete appreciation for the tasks ahead in bringing groundbreaking research ultimately to patient benefit, and I have never been more optimistic about our collective abilities to do so.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The future of our species–not to mention the US economy–depends upon more efficient and effective medical treatments for and preventions of disease. HMS basic research is world-leading in so many areas. The world is waiting.

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Maria BuckleyMaria Buckley

Director of Editorial Services, Office of Communications and External Relations, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The opportunity to learn here has been wonderful, and working with a community that is dedicated to excellence has been truly inspiring.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

In many ways, I think Harvard Medical School IS the future of health and medicine. I think HMS is the "gold standard" for what can be done and what will be done in the future, and I believe all other institutions look to us for that kind of leadership. HMS doesn't just educate students and perform biomedical research. It leads the world in discovery and it produces the leaders who will guide the U.S. and the world for generations to come.

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Harold J. BursteinHarold J. Burstein, AB ’86, MD ’90, AM ’94, PhD ’94

Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS inspires me to think bigger - in the clinic, in academic projects, and in medicine.

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Andres Cardenas, MD, MMSc, AGAFAndres Cardenas, MD, MMSc ’03, AGAF

Senior Specialist, Institute of Digestive Diseases and Metabolism, Hospital Clinic and University of Barcelona

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My background is truly international as I was born in South America and completed medical training in Spain and the U.S., spending my latter years at Harvard Medical School where I completed a Masters in Clinical Investigation at the HMS-MIT program. The most important impact of HMS is making me a physician that thinks outside the box, this is particularly true is different medical environments such as the one encountered in Europe. In addition the impact has been that of feeling that everything is possible if done methodically and with an eager sense of curiosity.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

It will train the best health care providers with the necessary tools to implement personalized medicine which is affordable to all patients both in the U.S. and rest of the world.

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Roland A. Carlstedt, PhDRoland A. Carlstedt, PhD

Chairman and Director of Certification and Training, American Board of Sport Psychology; Research Associate in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I sought out collaborations at Harvard Medical School and was thrilled to find stalwarts in multiple fields not only seriously entertained my initial contact and queries, but expressed interest in working with and encouraging me to further develop a number of interrelated clinical and research models. Dr. Martin Teicher of McLean agreed to integrate critical measures of interest into an extant grant, opening up investigative possibilities that would have been impossible (for me) to realize otherwise. HMS has given me a world of resources and opportunities. I will be forever grateful to HMS.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School's brain trust is hard to surpass. Add to that what are probably the most advanced clinical and research infrastructures, tools, and resources in the world and one can expect no less, that HMS will continue to lead the way when it comes to health and medicine advances and discoveries. I am very impressed with its local, national, and international outreach initiatives and training programs. Sharing its wealth of knowledge with the world speaks volumes and attests to HMS's commitment to humanity, overcoming disease and suffering, and enhancing wellness, performance, and professional practice.

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Esiquio Casillas, MD, MPHEsiquio Casillas, MD ’01, MPH ’06

Regional Medical Director for Senior Services, AltaMed Health Services Corporation

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will continue to foster and develop the best and brightest future doctors. Supporting medical students’ growth with an academically rich environment and exposing them to diverse clinical and social settings will help continue to produce well rounded physicians prepared to tackle the ever-changing health care landscape in the U.S. and abroad.

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Philip Chang, AB '94, MDPhilip Chang, AB ’94, MD

Acute Burn Surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston/Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Through HMS, I have been blessed to train dozens of medical students, not just from Harvard but also from around the world. I have had visiting medical students from 15 different countries, drawn by our world class education. At the Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, I have cared for burn patients from Massachusetts, New England, and all over the world. I also have traveled to Ghana, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Bolivia for educational exchanges about burn care. My work makes a difference not just locally but globally.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS continues to draw the brightest minds with the highest ideals to tackle the medical and social challenges faced by patients. In the world of burn care, HMS faculty have already pioneered many of the tools and techniques used by current burn surgeons including cultured skin, early excision and grafting, and multidisciplinary team care. The future of burns continues to be incubated at MGH with advances in diagnosis and laser treatment of burn scars, personalized psychological and psychiatric treatment of the emotional trauma, and cutting-edge critical care. I am humbled and proud to say “I am Harvard Medicine!”

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Katherine T. Chen, MD, MPHKatherine T. Chen, MD ’94, MPH

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has always been at the forefront of medical education. I chose to join the school in the early 1990's for what was then known as the "New Pathway." This innovative, interactive, case-based method of medical education was ground-breaking. I learned from my teachers and administrators (1) effective techniques of clinical teaching and (2) the courage to change the methods of teaching if not optimum. Consequently, I easily adopt new ways to educate the current Millennial learners and integrate technology in my classrooms and on the Labor and Delivery Unit whenever possible.

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Kenneth W. Chin, MD, FACRKenneth W. Chin, MD ’74, FACR (left) with Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD ’76, FACR

Medical Director, RadNet, Inc.; Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, UCLA Medical Center

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medicine trains today's and tomorrow's leaders of clinical specialty societies which establish practice standards throughout the world. For example, Harvard provides leadership for the American College of Radiology at the Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, on 29 April 2014.

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Helen Christou, MDHelen Christou, MD

Neonatologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program, Harvard Medicial School; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I am surrounded by brilliance at all levels which keeps me humble and allows me to continue to learn and grow.

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Robert Colgrove, MDRobert Colgrove, MD

Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases, Mount Auburn Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS is training great young doctors to-be who will surely go on to advance the art, as well as, the science of medicine. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the teaching mission here.

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Jack M. Connors Jr.Jack M. Connors Jr.

Founding Partner and Chairman Emeritus, Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I have enjoyed my inside view of HMS through my work with the Board of Fellows and have been able to see first-hand why the institution truly deserves its reputation. I am very grateful to have been able to play a very small role in HMS’s enormous success and am very appreciative of and impressed by all those who make it such a special place.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS has always been at the forefront of medicine and health care. Advances made over the last decade in science, research, prevention, disease detection, and clinical care make this an exciting and important era in medicine. With its world-class faculty, its emphasis on innovation and excellence, and its ability to attract and teach the most promising of future physicians from around the world, HMS will continue to transform health care for generations to come.

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Patricia A. Cook, MD, FACPPatricia A. Cook, AB ’73, MD ’77, FACP

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (retired)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

When I wrote my personal statement for admission to HMS, I wrote that it was my intention to serve the underserved. During medical school, I felt that primary care medicine was undervalued at HMS. After graduation, my career started with working in migrant clinics in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and ended as a teacher of internal medicine at UT Southwestern. I continued to practice with a panel of patients at Parkland Hospital, as well as teaching house staff, medical students, and physician assistant students. I helped establish and implement the Health Care for the Homeless Program and the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, as well as a behavioral medicine seminar for house staff. Despite my previous misgivings, I was frequently reminded of the lessons and skills I received at HMS, and how well they served me. Harvard Medicine fulfilled its promise to me. I am comforted to know that I have kept mine.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I have been most pleased to see the progress at Harvard Medical School since my graduation to keep current with all aspects of medical education, including the process of education, technology, global medicine, and for me especially, clinical medicine. I have every confidence that this institution will continue to hear and attend to the voices of the students, alumni, community and for me especially, patients.

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Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPHKenneth Cooper, MD, MPH ’62

Founder and Chairman, Cooper Aerobics

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard gave me a need for encouraging and practicing preventive medicine. I am convinced that at this time we spend way too much of our health care dollar on desperate measures which often prolongs death, not life. With the knowledge I gained while at Harvard, I’ve worked tirelessly for 45 years to prove the power of preventive medicine. My efforts over the years have resulted in a successful health and wellness company as well as 19 books on this very topic.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard prepared me to teach and practice preventive medicine and promote wellness which I believe is the future of medicine throughout the world. We have now proven that the practice of preventive medicine cannot only prolong and improve the quality of lives, but it has a remarkable effect on the cost of health care—it is cheaper and more effective to maintain good health than it is to regain it once it is lost.

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Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH

Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH ’05

President and CEO, Cooper Aerobics

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Certainly the education from the professors and leadership was beyond compare, but the great diversity of students provided an education that I didn’t imagine possible. Harvard helped to significantly broaden my view of how health care works and how it’s perceived around the world.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

As in all of the Harvard schools, HMS is a leader in the world. Things that happen at Harvard change the world. The research, the policies, the direction, and the people that come out of Harvard will continue to shape the future of health care in all capacities.

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Luis Daniel Crespo, MDLuis Daniel Crespo, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Panama Plastic Surgery

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical programs have had a very positive impact in my life. Coming from a Latin American country, HMS has given me higher standards surrounding my practice. Earlier in my career, I learned that the best things in life do not come easy. You have to work very hard. HMS has opened many doors in my professional practice and has given me the discipline to follow a rigorous path toward excellence, always trying to achieve the best quality of care. I am extremely grateful forever.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Education is the path to success. The research done at Harvard affiliated hospitals has allowed medicine to be set at the highest standard for which all the other institutions are compared. HMS creates the most educated and influential doctors in the world. All of us have the obligation to guide and educate young students with the highest standard of medical care.

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Lawrence Delaney, MDLawrence Delaney, MD

Chairman, Massachusetts Doctors Group

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Dean Flier has started a wonderful program. Harvard leads the larger medical community because it has led and innovated in all disciplines, here and globally.

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Henry Delu Jr., MDHenry Delu Jr., MMSc ’08

Pharmacist, Los Angeles, CA

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has made it easier for me to understand how the human body works, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the implications on an individual’s health. This has allowed me to become a leader in compounding pharmacy, independent pharmacy, and retail pharmacy.

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Alicia DemirjianAlicia Demirjian, MD, MMSc ’12

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician and Epidemiologist

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

During my experience with Harvard Medical School, I had the privilege to collaborate with extraordinary people doing outstanding work. This laid the foundation for solid clinical and research skills, which I will continue to apply wherever I go.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

As a leading educational institution, Harvard Medical School will continue to bring together national and international partners to improve the health of people around the world.

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Eileen M. Dryden, PhDEileen M. Dryden, PhD

Research and Evaluation Scientist, Institute for Community Health; Lecturer on Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As an anthropologist specializing in participatory evaluation, I feel my affiliation with HMS has allowed me to share my skills and knowledge with an incredibly diverse group of scholars. In turn, being surrounded by such talented and passionate professionals has fueled my own intellectual curiosity and created great opportunities for collaboration.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By supporting community based participatory work, HMS is contributing to long-term sustainable solutions to the toughest health problems facing the nation.

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Jonathan Dubin, MDJonathan Dubin, MD ’82

Cardiologist, Baltimore Heart Associates

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I do my best to exemplify the high standards of HMS in my professional and personal life.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS should remain a role model for innovation and high standards in the delivery of health care.

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Jon Einarsson, MD, MPHJon Einarsson, MD, MPH ’04

Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Growing up in a blue collar family in Iceland, Harvard was a distant and somewhat mythical place. I was offered a position at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a faculty position at Harvard Medical School in 2006, and, at the time this was my dream job. As it happens, it still is. It is an incredible privilege to work with all the brilliant faculty members and staff, and this continues to inspire me to better myself. I am very proud to be affiliated with HMS and it enables me to tell my two sons (pictured) that anything is possible in this life.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will continue to be a leader in the field of medicine and a role model that others will strive to emulate.

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William B. Ericson Jr.William B. Ericson Jr., MD ’83, FACS, FAAOS

Hand Specialist, Ericson Hand Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I was able to train with some of the brightest, most talented, and gifted physicians during my medical school education. My MIT undergraduate education, combined with my surgical training at Harvard, helped me to discover the anatomic basis of what laymen call Repetitive Strain Injury and develop a highly successful protocol to diagnose and treat this condition. These skills have also allowed me to help patients with complicated peripheral nerve problems, such as this patient (pictured) with leprosy in Ecuador.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will continue to lead the nation in research to help understand diseases and develop cures.

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Seanne Falconer, Thomas Naughton, Hannah FoxSeanne Falconer, MBA, Thomas Naughton, and Hannah Fox

Director of Operations, Software Quality Assurance Analyst, and Project Coordinator, Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center (HCCRC)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS makes us feel part of a community of people working together to reduce the burden of human illness, strengthen the practice of scientific research, and make interventional discovery possible. HMS brings together people of varying backgrounds, education levels, professional disciplines, and personal experiences and fosters a culture that every staff member, regardless of job title, impacts and helps to deliver the mission of HMS.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School is constantly adapting and changing because of the commitment the staff makes to learning, enhancing skill sets, and pushing people to achieve important milestones. Adaptation, questioning assumptions, and improving processes allows important discoveries to happen more quickly—discoveries that can be shared with the global research community.

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Carol A. FarrisCarol A. Farris, PhD ’75

Chemist, United States Environmental Protection Agency (retired)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

One day, my HMS advisor, Jim Orr, handed me an abstract to take to the head of the lab, Lewis Engel. Dr. Orr wrote the abstract, but I came out of a short meeting with Dr. Engel with a heavily marked abstract and a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. I began to work on my technical writing. During a staff fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, I edited papers from other post-docs to make them publishable. With EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, I edited abstracts of a wide variety of technologies for publication, "wrote" a website in plain language, and more.

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Daniel Federman, MDDaniel Federman, AB ’49, MD ’53

Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Aside from my family, it has impacted every aspect of my life - profession, education, ethics, and friendships.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Principally through scientific advances, but increasingly with health policy and the efforts of the graduates.

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Jeffrey S. FlierJeffrey S. Flier, MD

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School, and its remarkable faculty and allied institutions, was the initial incubator and ongoing catalyst for my career, both as a scientist and leader.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will continue to produce skilled practitioners and visionary leaders in every dimension of health and medicine, and the direct and indirect consequences of their lives and careers will have lasting positive impact in the world.

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Lindsay FreudLindsay Freud, MD ’07 (right)

Senior Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The most powerful impact of HMS lies in its people. From my days as a medical student, I recall being inspired by my professors and classmates who had a genuine sense of curiosity and excitement to learn and to improve the future of health care. I recently returned to HMS as a tutor and found the same type of inspiration among the current students. Their intellect, inquisitiveness, and passion re-invigorated why I chose to pursue medicine—and reminded me why HMS is such a special place.

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Alan J. FriedmanAlan J. Friedman, MD '59

AJFMDPC

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

At the Medical School I was imbued with a sense of caring for the patient as well as intellectual curiosity to continue my medical education throughout my life. The role models we were privileged to encounter set the example of the competent and caring clinician, a value which I treasure to this day.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

As a paragon of medical excellence, HMS will continue to set the prime example for all aspects of medical research, teaching, and clinical care. HMS is a beacon which sheds its light across our entire world.

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Bill FristSenator William H. Frist, MD ’78

Chairman, Hope Through Healing Hands Foundation

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My time at Harvard Medical School exposed me to original research which led to an academic career in medicine in the new magical field of heart transplantation, fostered in me a thirst for the unknown, and prepared me for a team approach to learning and executing. My experiences there laid the foundation for dreaming big.

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Phineas P. GagePhineas P. Gage

Construction Foreman, American Railroad; Most Tenured "Teacher," Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Although Phineas P. Gage is not a true member of the HMS community he helps the students learn how the mind works and is located in the Warren Anatomical Museum, one of the great treasures here at HMS.

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Phyllis GardnerPhyllis I. Gardner, MD ’76

Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School always has been, and surely will be, the primary source of integrated medical knowledge, from bench to bedside, locally and globally. HMS gave me a sense of identity, a sense of challenge, and a culture to which I ascribe. I shall be eternally grateful for the opportunity to go to HMS, and I hope to enable the school to maintain its preeminence as the best medical school in the world and to recruit the very best students from all walks of life.

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Michael A. Gimbrone Jr., MDMichael A. Gimbrone Jr., MD ’69

Director, Center for Excellence in Vascular Biology and Chair-Emeritus, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Elsie T. Friedman Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Since the day I arrived at HMS in 1965, I have felt privileged, indeed blessed, to be part of a community of remarkable people dedicated to alleviating human suffering caused by disease. I have learned so much from my classmates, teachers, mentors, and colleagues, and, in particular, my students, residents, and fellows, who have provided constant intellectual stimulation and the impetus to continue to ask "why". The coming academic year marks my 40th as a teacher at HMS, but in many respects, I still consider myself a student who never graduated.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By encouraging the best and the brightest to realize their individual potential, and thus change the face of modern medicine-one person at a time.

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Leonard L. Glass, MDLeonard L. Glass, MD, MPH ’70

Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, McLean Hospital; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Teaching and mentoring residents in psychiatry for nearly 40 years has been immensely rewarding. It's given me the chance to play a sometimes pivotal role in the development of highly motivated, talented, and committed young psychiatrists who, in turn, have gone on to help generations of patients and build their own legacy of students who become lifelong colleagues and friends.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

My former supervisees will preserve the heritage of careful and empathic listening to patients, free of defensive condescension and mindful of our shared humanity and vulnerability.

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Robert M. Goisman, MDRobert M. Goisman, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Supervising Faculty, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program; Consultant in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My affiliation with Harvard Medical School has provided me with some of the most meaningful experiences of my professional career. It is a great privilege to be able to teach residents, students, and other trainees who are as highly motivated and idealistic as those who train in the various Harvard programs. There is something about the intellectual climate here which not only drives people towards excellence, but also towards advocating for social change and social justice in the practice of medicine. I can think of no better way to spend a career than to be part of HMS!

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Abdulkerim Gokoglu, MDAbdulkerim Gokoglu, MD

Research Fellow in Neurosurgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School has afforded me with the chance to interact with the best in medicine in general, and my field of Neurosurgery in particular. The continuing medical education activities have immensely contributed towards my understanding of the constantly evolving face of medicine. Last, but not least, my time here allowed me to forge lifelong relationships with friends that I will cherish for a long time.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

"We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy, but it is hard...." J.F. Kennedy, 1962, Rice University. Harvard will continue to be the torch bearer leading the medical community in the global quest for "health for all," because it dares to challenge conventional thought, and as long as it keeps its doors open to the best and brightest minds in the world, it will continue to lead the world in its fight against disease.

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Jeremy Goverman, MDJeremy Goverman, MD, FACS (far right) and the Sumner M. Redstone Burn Center Team

Division of Burns, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Being surrounded by HMS students constantly inspires me, motivates me, and enables me to be a life-long learner. Ultimately, this permits the entire team at the MGH, Sumner Redstone Burn Unit, to deliver the highest quality burn care to our patients and their families.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Looking back at the history of burn care, HMS has always played a huge role in advancing the field. No doubt the future will similarly be influenced by the surgeon scientists and clinicians that HMS produces.

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Ian GraysonIan Grayson, DDS (second from left)

Endodontic Resident, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It has increased my clinical and academic knowledge in the oral medicine field. I have developed great relationships with fellow students and faculty.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Great research and innovation will lead to better practitioners and better treatment for all patients.

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Laurie Green, MDLaurie Green, AB ’72, MD ’76

Founding Partner, Pacific Women's OB/GYN Medical Group

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

In the 1970's, society was still concerned that women would choose family to the exclusion of career, holding coveted slots in medical school and then becoming less productive than their male counterparts. And yet despite prevailing thought, our professors and mentors at HMS were gender-blind. They had faith in us and our ability to achieve our highest goals, both personally and professionally. They helped us "lean in," and the stellar careers of my female colleagues are testaments to their encouragement and abiding faith. We succeeded because Harvard tore down the barriers.

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Chenghua GuChenghua Gu, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, HMS Department of Neurobiology

How will Harvard Medical School influence the future of health and medicine?

The discoveries made at Harvard Medical School will not only deepen our fundamental understanding of how our body works, but also provide innovative therapeutic strategies for diagnosing and treating human diseases.

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Bennett Gurian, AB, MSc, MDBennett Gurian, AB, MSc, MD

Medical Director for Mental Health, Jewish Family and Children's Services; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has encouraged and supported my research, teaching, and clinical practice through my appointments at affiliated hospitals.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS has been, and will continue to be, one of the most significant leaders in defining and advancing health care policy and medical care both in the United States and throughout the world.

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Ligia Clemencia Rueda GuzmánLigia Clemencia Rueda Guzmán

Psychiatrist and Physician, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I first visited Harvard Medical School one year ago. I did an intensive training at the Laboratory of Neuromodulation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and completed the course “Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.” It was a challenging, rewarding, and allowed me to interact and learn with researchers around the world. After the course was finished I came back, and visited McLean Hospital’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Service. I also met interesting and brilliant people at MGH working in clinical practice and research. Actually, now I am working with them in several projects!

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

My interaction with Harvard Medical School will definitely have a determining impact in my future practice. First, it motivated me to become a leader in my hospital, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, where I work as a psychiatrist in clinical and research practice. Second, it guided me to choose my main area of interest, non-invasive brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. My interaction will have an impact in developing high-quality research in alliance with researchers from Harvard Medical School, and improving my clinical practice with the experiences I had during my visits. Hopefully, it will allow me to offer new solutions for different public health problems in my country.

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Nouchine HadjikhaniNouchine Hadjikhani

Assistant in Radiology, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It has basically changed my life – when I came from Switzerland to Boston as a post-doctoral fellow seventeen years ago, I had no idea then that I would have the great privilege to spend all my career here! It has been a truly great experience.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will continue to be one of the world leaders in innovation and discoveries in the medical field. I hope HMS will make it a priority to teach students how to excel not only in their scientific knowledge, but also in their approach to patients - with empathy and kindness.

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Julia A. Haller, MDJulia A. Haller, MD ’80

Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The people: both the mentorship and friendships in medical school, and the career-long, life-enhancing colleagues and network (a branching chain as time goes on).

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By setting the agenda for medical education, innovation, and leadership. Making the connections that leverage the talent exponentially.

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Ken HardyKen Hardy

Consultant for the National Health Service, Wales (retired)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Being a member of the transplant team that won the Nobel Prize under Dr. Murray in 1960 and 1961, gave me the confidence that enabled me to found one of the best departments of anaesthesia in Wales.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS has enormous global influence in all aspects of health.

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Charles Hartness, MDCharles Hartness, MD ’82

Emergency Medicine, Oregon Emergency Physicians, Inc. (retired)

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School encouraged and fostered my interest in the power and importance of the person-to-person relationship in patient care, then trained me with essential clinical skills in interviewing and decision making.Despite continuing technical advances in medicine, so much of what we do still depends upon being careful listeners to the story each patient tells us..

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Rosa HernandezRosa Hernandez

Secuity Officer, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The people on the HMS campus are fabulous—kind and generous. You see lots of faces and get to know everyone. It's a great community here. Harvard has amazing diversity and I enjoy seeing everyone work together. We come from different and dynamic backgrounds. I celebrated sixteen years at HMS this past summer.

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Thomaskutty Idiculla, PhDThomaskutty Idiculla, PhD

Director, Mental Health Services Evaluation, McLean Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School provided me with a macro-micro framework for approaching local and global mental health challenges. HMS gave me a wonderful learning experience in research and helped me establish my professional identity. I’m very grateful to be part of the Harvard family.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Mental health issues and treatment needs have grown significantly across the world in the 21st century. I believe HMS education and research will address the mental health care needs facing humanity by incorporating both scientific and cultural perspectives and finding innovative and affordable ways to address these challenges. We have an unparalleled opportunity and potential to impact the lives of families experiencing depression, suicide, addiction, and family crisis situations by offering respectful, meaningful, and effective care and treatment.

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John Kaneb (left)John A., AB ’56, and Virginia M. Kaneb

Chairman, HP Hood LLC and Chaplain, Massachusetts General Hospital

How will Harvard Medical School influence the future of health and medicine?

By educating students who become good and great clinicians and nurturing faculty who become good and great life scientists.

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A.W. Karchmer, MDA.W. Karchmer, MD ’64

Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine and Chair of Alumni Relations, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It expanded my horizons about the role of medicine and opened my eyes to a life of learning and caring—continuous excitement and stimulation in my work.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

It will lead to the discovery of new therapies and the development of leaders in all phases of medicine.

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Darlene R. Ketten, PhDDarlene R. Ketten, PhD

Scientist Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My career started out in marine sciences, specifically in underwater hearing mechanisms of marine mammals. That led to working with a range of biomedical imaging techniques, which in turn led to research on imaging of cochlear implants. Working with HMS research and clinical staff and with their patients provided me with a purpose that goes far beyond the abstract satisfaction of basic research. I still have a deep interest in marine related questions but am grateful for the opportunity to use my research skills to address questions with an immediacy, and potenially significant, human impact.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will continue its traditional role as the leader in treatment and research. What is more important is that it will forge new ways of dealing with global issues and global care structure. Witness the changes that HMS has brought about in developing countries, as well as at home, in the last decade and the innovations in training of our students and residents in community medicine. We are addressing increasingly significant traditional fields like geriatrics, palliative care, and ethics, as well as the interface of health with non-traditional questions, like the health consequences of climate change and the application of new technologies like robotics and nanosystems. These developments will challenge and stretch us but as in the past, we can expect our faculty and students will be at the forefront.

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Faiza KhawajaFaiza Khawaja

Senior Teaching Assistant, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Department of Continuing Education, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School has given me a great knowledge of clinical research and wonderful learning experiences as a student and teacher that helped to develop an intellectual, professional, social, and moral framework for approaching life. Proud to be a part of Harvard staff family!

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Louise Rambo King, MDLouise Rambo King, MD ’93

Faculty Supervisor, Family and Community Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Programs, University of Rwanda and Ruhengeri Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The medicine here in Rwanda is so different than anything I ever learned. I appreciated how HMS taught me to learn. This gives me the confidence to tackle new, foreign problems that I face every day. I also appreciate my excellent teachers at HMS and I try to teach as much as I can here.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I love seeing how HMS is more and more involved in Global Health. It's in this way that HMS can have worldwide impact.

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Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPHMininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH ’01

Associate Director, Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Health care is changing right now at an incredible pace. Medicine will likely look very different five years from now compared to five years ago. There will be challenges such as increasing regulations and bureaucracy, but a paradigm shift to value, safety, and quality is the right prescription for the health care system. Harvard Medical School is ideally poised to lead, and to train the leaders, of health care reform. Through collaboration with the Harvard teaching hospitals, Harvard Medical School faculty, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School, meaningful change is happening now. What won't change for Harvard Medical School?: the reward of helping patients, the joy of teaching medical students and residents, and the thrill of doing research.

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Anthony L. Komaroff, MDAnthony L. Komaroff, MD

Senior Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications Division, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Raised in California, and expecting to live my life in the West, I came to HMS for an elective medical student rotation—and here I’ve stayed. I’d like to think that here I’ve learned from the examples all around me about each of the elements that go into making a good physician: compassion, curiosity, integrity, and plain hard work.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Biomedical science never has been more exciting, clinical (and epidemiological) research never has been more robust, and work at HMS continues to make that so. At the same time, the need to use biomedical resources more effectively and efficiently never has been greater, and many on the HMS faculty are dedicating themselves to meeting that need.

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Dzifa S. Kpodzo MD, MPHDzifa S. Kpodzo, MD ’05, MPH ’06

Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My years at Harvard Medical School afforded me the opportunity to be educated with a diverse group of like-minded men and women who were socially aware, kind hearted, and among the most powerful intellectual minds in the nation. At HMS I never felt like "just a number," I was constantly surrounded by people who were vested in my education, progress, and success. I received the tools needed to meet the many challenges of our medical profession and left with lifelong cherished friendships. I could not be more appreciative of those years on the "Quad."

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

There are many obvious ways that Harvard Medical School will influence the future of health and medicine. I know that we will be on the forefront of scientific discovery, continue to provide excellence in clinical medicine, and be leaders in medical education. But there are other ways in which HMS will make an impact. As an Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, I have the opportunity to play a role in guiding some young medical minds. Because of the value which was placed on diversity at HMS, I am now able to share some of the knowledge and tools that I received with our residents and students as we work to create a more diversified medical force.

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Jimmy Krell, MDJimmy Krell, MD ’89

Dermatologist, Total Skin and Beauty Dermatology Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My training at Harvard has taught me the importance of striving for excellence in medicine. I try to be the last stop for patients who have seen many other physicians. This is directly what I learned from Harvard: uncompromising dedication to making the correct diagnosis and getting the treatment plan right. My friendships and associations at Harvard Medical School have created a worldwide web of outstanding physicians to whom I am connected, and an ever expanding group of wonderful socially minded individuals. Having Harvard associated with my name keeps making me strive for the best.

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Zengshan LiZengshan Li, MD

Visiting Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I'm so proud of being a visiting professor here. When I walked around HMS, BWH, MGH, and the Harvard Campus, every building told me its past, present, and the future.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Bench to bedside, and then bedside to bench! The future is present!

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Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, FACRJohnson B. Lightfoote, MD ’76, FACR (left) with fellow HMS affiliated radiologists Deborah Levine, MD, FACR; Beverly G. Coleman, MD ’74, FACR; and James A. Brink, MD, FACR

Medical Director, Department of Radiology, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medicine trains today's and tomorrow's leaders of clinical specialty societies which establish practice standards throughout the world. For example, Harvard provides leadership for the American College of Radiology at the Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, on 29 April 2014.

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Mangadhara Rao Madineedi, MD, MSAMangadhara Rao Madineedi, MD, MSA

Clinical Director of Geriatric Services, VA Boston Healthcare System; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It is invigorating to be in the presence of Harvard faculty, sharing information and learning every day! It is the Harvard environment that makes me proud that I am going to provide the best service to my patients.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By being a superb leader in breakthrough research, preventive health care, medical education, health care policy, and training the most compassionate physicians!

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Brandon MahalBrandon Mahal

MD Class of 2014, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The opportunities that HMS offers are unrivaled, both in and out of the classroom. Simply put, HMS has offered me the ideal platform for professional development in a community focused on alleviating human suffering caused by disease. My goal is to become a world leader in exposing and reducing health care disparities in medicine through research and policy change. HMS has provided the resources, faculty, and student body for me to both build a foundation and grow in my quest to attain these goals.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The HMS faculty and student body represent a brilliant and diverse group, both in terms of  background and interests.  It's a place where leaders are born, prepared, and fostered to tackle the world of medicine, policy, research, education, or whatever one chooses. The creative bunch at HMS have been and will remain the trendsetters and problem solvers in medicine. HMS will certainly continue to have its impact on health and medicine in the future because of the people that it attracts, recruits, and retains.

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John L. Marquardt Jr.John L. Marquardt Jr., PhD ’93

Attorney at Law, Marquardt Law

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The people of Harvard Medical School, my teachers, classmates, and advisors had the greatest impact on me. My teachers shared their knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge techniques in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology. My classmates shared their enthusiasm for science and medicine. And my advisors shared the depth of their experience and understanding. Every day I enjoy the depth and breadth of my experience as I work as a United States Patent Attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., protecting the inventions of scientists, engineers, and physicians.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School shapes the future of health and medicine both directly and indirectly. Directly, Harvard contributes the methods, results, and devices carefully crafted in its laboratories. Indirectly, Harvard contributes people, knowledgeable about the science and policies that shape modern medicine.

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Stephen MartinStephen Martin, EdM ’96, MD ’01

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Barre Family Health Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has given me hope and also imbued a sense of responsibility. Hope because of the extraordinary relationships HMS fosters and inspiration its people provide. As to responsibility, I once sought Dr. Judah Folkman's advice on my future practice in an underserved rural area. He looked me in the eye and said, “If you need something, you call us here anytime and let us know.” I've had the good fortune of being part of the school, been given its tools and shared in its spirit, and now need to channel these to those who need help.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS should always have a pre-eminent position in - as our mission statement states - "alleviating human suffering caused by disease." The school has increasingly included the preservation of health, alleviation of poverty, and improvement of care delivery in its work. Its influence will be especially felt when these "upstreamist" approaches are also given their full due.

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Luigi Maselli, PhD, MScLuigi Maselli, PhD, MSc

Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior Biology, La Sapienza University of Rome

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Since I was a kid, I've been enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Today, as a health professional and with scientific support from The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, in affiliation with Harvard Medical School, I suggest a healthy lifestyle to my patients of all ages and in all circumstances with the full conviction of contributing to their well-being. The lifestyle medicine movement contributes to creating a better and happier world.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The success of the future of medicine is based on the enhancement of human relationships and Harvard Medical School exudes harmony and sharing between all students, researchers, faculty, and staff. Professionals who study and work at Harvard Medical School have the great opportunity to stay in an environment rich in stimuli and values.

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Joan MillerJoan W. Miller, MD ’85, FARVO

Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology; Chair, Harvard Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology; Chief of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has provided my career foundations and, at every juncture, opportunities to make meaningful contributions to my field. Buoyed by the breath of HMS resources, I’ve led major sight-saving translational research, developed deep and rewarding relationships with patients, staff, students, and faculty, and risen to the top leadership role in Ophthalmology. I’ve been privileged to work with great mentors who not only taught me well, but fueled my desire to mentor others and unleash the potential of hundreds more promising careers. I'm grateful that every day is an opportunity to make a difference.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS’s storied history has helped to shape modern medicine and public health. Our strength in basic research and focus on translational work makes us uniquely positioned to increase our global impact. Cross-cutting collaborations like Harvard Catalyst and our own HMS Department of Ophthalmology Centers of Excellence draw on the strengths and talents of diverse faculty and students across Harvard, spurring innovation, speeding advances, and building on our rich heritage. In Ophthalmology, we are dedicated to curing blindness in our lifetime, and we believe we have the people and programs to accomplish this goal.

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Tracey Milligan, MD, MSTracey Milligan, MD, MS

Program Director, Partners Neurology Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I have been teaching at HMS since 2002. I am continually impressed with the intelligence, motivation, work ethic, and innovation that I see within the HMS community including the students, residents, staff, and physicians. HMS is an invigorating, inspiring, and rewarding place to work.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By bringing bright, innovative, collegial, collaborative people together with shared goals on improving health and medical care in an instutution with a great history, infrastructure, and mission, we are sure to make a difference.

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Mahmoud A. Moawad, MD, MPH, FACPMahmoud A. Moawad, MD, MPH, FACP

Internal Medicine, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Clinical Instructor in Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I am most impressed by the unparalleled caliber of HMS students. The diversity of their backgrounds, their curiosity, diligence, and rigor, their passion for health care and for patients, are all indicative of a heightened awareness of their responsibility toward the world and their role as future leaders. I am constantly in awe of their refusal to settle for anything less than perfection. HMS is unique in that it brings together the widest array of diverse backgrounds and professions, from students to staff, all striving for the highest quality medical education and, ultimately, health care.

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James MortonJames Morton, MD ’54

Retired, Internal Medicine, Marysville Medical Clinic

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I feel that I received a great education, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a student at HMS. It has helped in many ways, particularly in getting positions.

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Jane NeillJane Neill

Associate Dean for Medical Education Planning & Administration, HMS Program in Medical Education

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My career at HMS has given me the opportunity to work with extraordinary faculty and staff committed to providing the highest quality education for the best and the brightest young people who choose to pursue careers in medicine. During my tenure I have witnessed the development of numerous students, faculty, and staff into leaders in medicine, biomedical science, and medical education. It has been a privilege to be able to contribute to the continued excellence of Harvard Medicine through my various roles in the Program in Medical Education.

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Charles A. NelsonCharles A. Nelson, PhD

Director of Research, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It has provided opportunities for research that are unparalleled and that have led to important new insights into how early human brain development unfolds in both typical and atypical fashions.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By bringing together like-minded colleagues who will work together on finding solutions to difficult questions that have thus far eluded clinician-scientists.

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Victoria NiklasVictoria Niklas, AM ’85, MD ’89

Division Chief, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Nemours Children's Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As a student at Harvard I envisioned I would become a leader in academic medicine. The curriculum provided the academic foundation enabling me to care for the sickest infants, investigate complex systems in research, and teach the next generation of physicians to become compassionate providers in medicine. The faculty, students, and trainees I encountered over those years modeled the achievements and kindled the enthusiasm and dedication that has carried my career along its path to leadership.

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Nancy Oriol, MDNancy Oriol, MD ’79

Dean for Students, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My experience with Harvard Medical School students makes me totally optimistic about the future of health care.

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Russell Phillips, MDRussell Phillips, MD

Director, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School; General Internist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard has provided incredible opportunity to me, through my career as resident, fellow, and faculty, and as Division Chief in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC, and now to my current role as Director of the Center for Primary Care at HMS. Harvard has continually provided me opportunities, rewards, and recognition that have led to a "virtuous cycle" culminating in an opportunity to "pay it back" to the primary care community both at HMS, and nationally, as we seek to strengthen and reinvent primary care education and practice through innovation and leadership.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard will continue to lead in basic and clinical translational science by bringing together talented faculty across disciplines, and by attracting the best and brightest students. I believe that Harvard will continue important ongoing work in global health, health policy, and population medicine, but also will play an increasingly important role in systems transformation through the design and implementation of new approaches to care delivery, and innovative use of technology. The need for leadership from Harvard has never been greater, as we take on the task of improving care for our patients at reasonable cost, in ways that value the health care workforce, and provide opportunities for our students to make a difference in our patients' lives and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

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Roy Phitayakorn, MDRoy Phitayakorn, MD

Director of Surgical Education Research and Surgical Lead for the MGH Learning Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I feel privileged to come to work and have the opportunity to interact and teach such an outstanding group of medical students. Their enthusiasm and curiosity reminds me why I originally wanted to be a physician, which can sometimes get lost in the daily bureaucracy and paperwork of modern medicine. Also, the Harvard Medical School community provides me a network of kindred souls that sustain and advance my professional research goals. Ultimately, the greatest impact is that I am encouraged to become a better surgeon, educator, and scholar.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School is positioned to influence the future of health and medicine by training the future leaders and researchers in these fields. Further efforts to stay at the forefront of current research trends are important, but so are investing in new potential trends. This investment will require democratization and transparency within the administrative structure, but has the potential for enormous future rewards.

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Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhDKornelia Polyak, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I have had the opportunity to work with many brilliant and nice colleagues, teach outstanding students, live in an intellectually stimulating scientific environment, and have the opportunity to make an impact in clinical cancer care.

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Valerie Pronio-StellutoValerie Pronio-Stelluto, MD, FACP (center in lab coat)

Director, Medical Student Education, Mount Auburn Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Photo includes Dr. Pronio-Stelluto's students Grant Barber, Amy Chen, Hanna Heck, Christopher Henderson, Julia Mario, Paul Marano, Richard Ngo, Manny Ozambella, Carly Park, Carolyn Treasure, and Sofia Warner

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

At HMS, I am inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Francis Peabody, who eloquently noted that, "...the secret of the care of the patient is in the caring of the patient." As Director of Medical Student Education at an HMS teaching hospital, I realized early that excellence in clinical medical education is like "good doctoring." Nurturing "competence with compassion" in our medical students is exemplified by the excellent faculty and staff's ongoing mentorship - demonstrating sincerely that the secret of the care of our medical student's education is in caring for our students.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS's focus has been in improving the global well-being of others through a vigilant and ongoing collaboration in enhancing the medical education of our students and trainees. Through our Dean's leadership and dedication of extraordinary faculty and staff, HMS maintains an unwavering commitment to the mentorship of "competence with compassion" with collegiality, collaboration, and nurturing of curiosity on the cutting edge of clinical science and research that will continue to enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of others around the globe.

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Walter Ralph Jr., MD, PhDWalter Ralph Jr., MD ’95, PhD ’95

Attending Surgeon, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My experience at HMS has given me the desire to reach for nothing short of excellence and expect nothing but the best from myself. This feeling has permeated everything that I have done post HMS, whether its raising two beautiful and intelligent children, sequencing viral promoters, or performing a tracheal resection. In fostering the ideal environment where the best and brightest minds can feel free to educate and train eager students, Harvard Medical School has given its graduates the obligation to be their best.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will influence the future of health and medicine in the same way it has been for the past 200 years - one distinguished graduate at a time.

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Robert H. ResnickRobert H. Resnick, MD ’55

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

At my admission interview, I indicated two goals: responsibility for patient care and an interest in clinical investigation. I believe I have made contributions in both areas. The majority of my time was devoted to private practice in the areas of gastroenterology, liver disease, and internal medicine. My investigative participation produced sixty publications including reports of the first case of a primary liver cancer related to the hepatitis C virus and recognition of the high potential for malignancy in advanced disease.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard must continue to expand the knowledge of genetic, physiologic, and biochemical characteristics of disease states while promoting clinical applications of basic research. The social implications of illness must not be neglected. The contributions of individuals and small groups of investigators must be considered. In clinical medicine the negative influence of the diminished time frame for the patient encounter represents a challenge to be overcome.

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Sherri Rose, PhDSherri Rose, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

At Harvard Medical School, we take an interdisciplinary approach to solving the biggest problems in health and medicine. It is this combined strategy that will lead to solutions that are rigorous, practical, and high impact.

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Jerrold Rosenbaum, MDJerrold Rosenbaum, MD

Chief of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS is at the hub of a network of the most extraordinary institutions capable of translating science into health care innovation. Taken together, this consortium of academic medical centers under the HMS umbrella - MGH, the Brigham, McLean, Bi-Deac, Children's and others have NIH research and outstanding training programs that are second to none. This is also true of the research and training in psychiatry across these institutions, and I have no doubt that the promise of long-awaited advances in our understanding of psychiatric neuroscience in delivering safer and more effective treatments will be driven by discoveries within the HMS family of institutions.

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Laurie Rosenblatt, MDLaurie Rosenblatt, MD

Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Thanks to being at HMS, I work with some of the leading researchers and clinicians in cancer care. In the Biological Therapies protocol clinic, where new targeted therapies for cancer are studied, I see patients and families with the first year Hematology-Oncology Fellows and provide feedback on their interviews. The program is an educational innovation supported by foundations and the Departments of Hematology-Oncology and Psychiatry. It is an honor to work with such talented and compassionate colleagues and to teach bright and dedicated Hematology-Oncology fellows.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I have the opportunity to observe first-hand the amazing changes in cancer therapeutics due to the new targeted biological therapies. In addition to scientific innovation and research, the clinic supports educational innovation focused on coaching Heme-Onc fellows as they engage in difficult conversations with patients about prognosis, diagnosis, and EOL issues. I am a psychiatrist integrated into an oncology clinic, thus, also taking the new embedded care model to the next level-a wonderful opportunity and privilege. Finally, I am a published poet who has found many artists among my colleagues and students at HMS. This diversity of interests, I think, may help us to address serious concerns about the loss of humanism in medicine.

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David Rottenberg, MDDavid Rottenberg, MD ’69

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Radiology, University of Minnesota

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My exposure to neuroscience at HMS in the early 1960's, with Nobel Prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, resulted in my pursuing postdoctoral training in neurochemistry at the NIH and, following my neurology residency, in becoming attracted to the nascent field of neuroimaging. With funding from the NIH and the NSF I developed positron emission tomography at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and, later, at the University of Minnesota, where I pursued basic and clinical research with a group of talented colleagues for more than 25 years.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I have no doubt that in the future Harvard Medical School will continue to attract “the best and the brightest” and will foster the development of basic-science and clinical researchers who will make signal contributions to biomedical science, clinical medicine, and public health.

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Felipe SamaniegoFelipe Samaniego, MD ’83, MPH ’83 (far right)

Associate Professor, Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School has prepared me for leading a team of scientists to break new ground in cancer research.

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Peter Santer, MDPeter Santer, MD

Research Fellow in Anaesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As a research fellow at the Department of Anesthesia at MGH and HMS, I had the privilege to work closely with leaders in the fields of anesthetic drug development and mechanisms of anesthesia research. Within a vibrant and stimulating environment, I could experience scientific breakthroughs at the forefront of our specialty. The rich history of MGH in bringing clinical anesthesia from its earliest steps to the highly complex specialty it is today inspired me and together with the experiences gained at the MGH, will surely impact my future career in academic medicine.

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Leonard D. SchaefferLeonard D. Schaeffer

Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, University of Southern California

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Engaging with the faculty, students, and supporters of Harvard Medical School has broadened my perspective on potential solutions to the health care challenges facing our nation as health reform accelerates the transformation of our health care system.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

The quality of the faculty, the commitment to rigorous research and scholarship, and Harvard's geographic location uniquely position HMS to significantly influence health policy and the practice of medicine in our rapidly changing health economy.

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Jerome Schultz, PhDJerome Schultz, PhD

Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Private Clinical and Consulting Practice; Lecturer on Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I have been involved in wide a variety experiences that have allowed me to share my expertise with students and colleagues, but the greatest impact has been on what these interactions have taught me, and how they expanded the depth and breath of my professional practice. I have worked on projects in the Academy Center for Teaching and Learning, supervised psychology and psychiatry interns, taught in the Patient-Doctor course, and served as the co-director of a clinic for children with special needs at CHA. And my skill as a silversmith was confirmed by presenting at the On My Own Time exhibit!

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Richard M. Schwartzstein, MDRichard M. Schwartzstein, MD ’79

Vice President for Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education and Director of the Academy, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School has enabled me to fulfill my personal dreams as a clinician, medical educator, and researcher in clinical physiology. In addition, it has provided me ongoing opportunities to “give back” to future generations of doctors with my daily contact with students.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School’s commitment not only to biomedical research and clinical medicine but to engaging in cutting-edge work in education provides leadership for the range of challenges that the next generation of doctors will face in the changing environment of health care that lies ahead.

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Paul C. Shellito, MDPaul C. Shellito, MD ’77

Associate Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

It has given me a good medical education, and has facilitated a rewarding surgical career. It has engendered and continues to engender wonderful relationships with excellent students and colleagues. I am fortunate to be a associated with such a great institution.

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Carsen and Rowan ShumakerTimothy Shumaker

Senior Director of Administration, Office of Resource Development, Harvard Medical School

Represented by his daughters Carsen and Rowan Shumaker

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medicine will provide the world with the important discoveries and groundbreaking research that will make our future brighter. There is no better organization poised to provide us with the confidence of a healthier tomorrow than Harvard Medical School.

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Arthur J. Siegel, MDArthur J. Siegel, MD ’67

Director, Department of Internal Medicine, McLean Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

If Samuel Thier had not been my 2nd year HMS instructor in 1964 and Alexander Leaf had not discovered the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic horomone secretion [SIADH] in the 1950s, would I have recognized that fatal cerebral edema in marathon runners was caused by this paradigm in 2002? Would proving this have been possible without staunch collaborators across HMS? Would a consensus statement on exercise-associated hyponatremia [EAH] have included a novel emergent treatment that reduced its morbidity and mortality worldwide without an HMS imprimatur? Would any of the above have happened without HMS and my loving wife, Jane McDonald? Answers: No to all.

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Sabina Signoretti, MDSabina Signoretti, MD

Associate Pathologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As an international medical graduate and a woman, HMS has provided me with the opportunity of pursuing a career in medical research. I feel very grateful and proud of being part of such an amazing community of physicians, scientists, students, and teachers who work passionately to advance the frontiers of medicine.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By continuing to recruit and support bright, energetic, and diverse individuals who can work synergistically towards a healthier world.

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Sarabjeet SinghSarabjeet Singh, MBBS, MMST

Researcher, Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Lecturer on Radiology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS has provided me the oppurtunity to learn from the best radiology faculty in the world and in addition the latest and greatest technical advancements in Computed Tomography for exploring novel imaging methodologies for patient management.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will steer the future of medicine with early, and more accurate, diagnosis of cancer and in the long run impact the health care management.

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Davis "Mac" StephenStephen "Mac" Davis

MD Class of 2015, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Studying at Harvard Medical School has opened the doors to my professional dreams. I'm currently in Haiti doing health care delivery research through HMS, and I plan to take the experience and knowledge I gain back to the US for a career improving primary care delivery in low-resource communities.

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Ralph O. Suarez, PhDRalph O. Suarez, PhD

Research Associate, Radiology, Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School and the affiliate hospitals have impacted me by providing an innovative training environment where researchers and clinicians work together effectively for the advancement of the field and the benefit of patients. This synergy between science and medicine affords me a unique opportunity to translate my skills as a basic scientist into the clinic, to directly improve outcomes in brain surgery patients. As HMS faculty, I now understand the importance of fostering multi-institutional collaboration across the domains of academia, science, and medicine.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will influence the future of health and medicine world-wide, by serving as an example in which an expanding community of expertise and diversity characterizes a successful model for progress.

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Janice Taitel, MDJanice Taitel, MD ’91

Pediatrician, Zufall Health Center and Aikido Center of Dover

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As an HMS student, I was taught to think beyond the textbook. In true embodiment of that spirit, I founded an Aikido dojo as an adjunct to my practice. Aikido, the Way of Harmony, is a non-violent martial art based on principles of non-resistance. It can be helpful and healing for numerous issues (ADD, autism, PTSD, bullying). For years, I recommended it to certain patients, but I work in a mostly working poor, Hispanic immigrant town in the middle of rich, white suburbia. My patients, with no cars, English, or money, just could not get to nearby schools. So I brought Aikido to them.

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Nancy J. Tarbell, MDNancy J. Tarbell, MD

Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, Harvard Medical School; C.C. Wang Professor of Radiation Oncology; Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

My experience with HMS has broadened my interests beyond clinical care and research into faculty development and diversity, to understanding the vital role of the HMS affiliated hospital relationships and the importance of protecting the Harvard brand and integrity. In addition, I have the opportunity to work with a world-class team of leaders within education and research.

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Halle TeccoHalle Tecco, MBA ’11 (seated, far left)

CEO and Co-Founder, Rock Health

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School is an official partner of Rock Health, supporting the companies in our portfolio that are working to transform health care. In addition to sharing office space at the Medical School Library, HMS staff has provided countless hours of expertise and mentoring to our entrepreneurs. Thank you Harvard Medical School!

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Jordan TishlerJordan Tishler, AB ’88, MD ’94

Producer and Mix Engineer, Digital Bear Entertainment

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

One of the great things about HMS was the opportunity to meet many bright people who were trying to contribute to the world. During my time there, and during residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, I was afforded many chances to become involved in projects from research to outreach, all of which stimulated me to think about my own path and how I wanted to contribute to the world. Ultimately, I took a different direction, and now spend most of my time working in music. I run my own production and management company, Digital Bear Entertainment, focused on new music with positive message.

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Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, PhD, MD, and John C. Rivard, MDRosalie Tocco-Bradley, PhD, MD ’88, and John C. Rivard, MD

Partners in Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

We are really enjoying our careers as Partners in Anesthesiology Associates of Ann Arbor, and our formative experiences at HMS have greatly aided us in our clinical and administrative accomplishments. Many thousands of patients, both domestic and international, have benefitted from our professional services. We are very humbly gratified to be a part of Harvard Medicine.

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Pamela Trotter, PhDPamela Trotter, PhD ’92

Robert W. Beart Professor of Chemistry, Augustana College

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

HMS gave me a world-class education and exposed me to biomedical research with a global perspective. I was given the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge investigation and to meet many influential scientists. I came away from HMS with the confidence and background needed to develop and maintain my own research program. These experiences have been vital as I work each day to teach undergraduate students, from timid first-year students to graduate/medical-school bound seniors, and encourage them to be passionate about science.

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Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACSGregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS

Medical Director, New Horizons Center for Cosmetic Surgery

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I believe my residency in plastic surgery at HMS's affiliated hospitals truly changed and shaped the way in which I think about medicine. The program exposed me to the latest advances in technology and surgical techniques, and encouraged me to continue progressing the science and practice of surgery. I am constantly seeking out new innovations to incorporate into my practice and improve the way we do our procedures. For example, I am extremely proud to be one of the first physicians in the world to implement robotic hair transplantation technology into my clinical practice.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I strongly believe HMS will continue to be a unique medical center at the forefront of science and technology. The School has the special advantage of distinctive alumni working all around the world who advance medical practice daily. As former students, we feel compelled to always push for innovations in medicine and make our institution proud. Additionally, Harvard's exceptional faculty continues to astonish the world with research advances.

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Giovanni J. Ughi, PhDGiovanni J. Ughi, PhD

Research Fellow in Dermatology, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The outstanding environment and the opportunity to interact with the world wide experts in so many fields of medicine is incredibly motivating. Seeing all the innovations made at Harvard Medical School is encouraging, exciting, and gives strong motivations day by day.

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Thomas Vecchione, MDThomas Vecchione, MD

CEO and Surgeon, Vecchione Plastic Surgery

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Dr. Joe Murray gave me a great surgical experience in cleft lip and palate surgery. This experience taught me how to expertly and compassionately treat children with congenital anomalies. Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital prepared me for my career in plastic surgery at Children's Hospital in San Diego where I was Chief of Staff. It also prepared me to help establish, and become a contributing member, of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team of San Diego for over 30 years. The team has performed surgeries on over 10,000 children in Mexico and the U.S.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School will influence the future of health and medicine by letting the future doctors of America experience a training second to none in a nurturing and encouraging environment. The tradition is alive and well.

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Michael E. Wechsler, MDMichael E. Wechsler, AB ’89, MD, MMSc ’03

Director of Asthma Program and Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Health

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Med helped shape who I am professionally and personally. The things I learned at Harvard, the people I interacted with, and the mentors I had, all influenced my professional development. I learned to strive for excellence and to always ask questions. I learned compassion and integrity. I learned to become a doctor.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard will continue to be the dominant force in medicine because of the people at HMS. Bright and inquisitive, they ask the right questions and pursue answers.

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Nancy Wei, MD, MMScNancy Wei, MD ’06, MMSc ’12

Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The connections with students and faculty have been tremendously important in why I practice medicine, how I practice medicine, and where I practice medicine.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By focusing on and working with local and national health care providers to innovate policy to improve health care delivery and health outcomes.

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Steven WeinbergerSteven Weinberger, MD ’73

Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

As a longstanding member of the full-time HMS faculty before leaving for the American College of Physicians (ACP), I had the privilege of working with an amazing group of colleagues and teaching the brightest, most interesting group of medical students in the country. In my travels for the ACP, I have the opportunity to see many alumni who are now leaders in American medicine in so many domains: medical education, clinical medicine, research, health care policy, etc. The impact of HMS and its graduates in furthering health and health care in America is truly extraordinary.

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Frank Welsh, MD, MHAFrank Welsh, MD ’66, MHA

Plastic Surgeon, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School prepared me both to "suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," i.e., endure seven years of post graduate internship and residency training AND "to take arms against a sea of troubles. . . "i.e., nearly thirty years of active and reserve military duty. And further. . . to be nobler . . by serving as a Cincinnati Harvard Club President and a Harvard Alumni Association Regional Director for the Ohio Valley. Ich Dien.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

By working more closely with the Harvard School of Public Health to design economically scalable preventive and therapeutic measures that can be applied globally, a kind of medical care neocolonialism.

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Barbara Wismer, MD, MPHBarbara Wismer, MD ’86, MPH

Physician, Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

At Harvard, my love of clinical medicine and patient care was realized. It was where I learned the knowledge, skills, and more importantly, the critical thinking and compassion I needed to be an excellent doctor. It was where I discovered the magic and the privilege of the doctor/patient relationship. Being a Harvard graduate opened doors for me, I’m sure. It fostered my drive to be the best I can be. It gave me the confidence to follow the path right for me. It set me on my journey serving vulnerable populations, which has been fascinating and rewarding, both professionally and personally.

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Eleanor Womack, MDEleanor Womack, AB ’82, MD ’86 (center with shield)

Internal Medicine Physician, Westlake Medical Arts

Photo includes all of Dr. Womack's childen

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I got the best medical education that I can imagine and met the most wonderful mentors in my clinical years. My practice today is shaped by the integrity of my professors, attendings, and the staff at the Harvard teaching hospitals.

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Yun XueYun Xue

MD Class of 2016, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The people I've met at HMS have been inspiring, idealistic, and compassionate. From professors to patients, all have been delighted to teach me what it means to be a good doctor, but also a good person. I'm sure more than ever that medicine is going to be the adventure of a lifetime. I feel so privileged to be starting that journey at HMS.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS is training the future leaders of health and medicine, not only in technical skills, but also in patient care. The emphasis placed on social awareness, quality improvement, and critical thinking will help students like me think about patients holistically, instead of merely as another "case."

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Garif YalakGarif Yalak, PhD

Bioinformatician/ Computational Biologist, HMS/HSDM Research Fellow

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

The vibrant environment and having the opportunity to interact with the smartest and most successful experts in any field is absolutely spectacular. Seeing the breakthroughs on a daily basis by the Harvard Medical School work force is encouraging and motivating.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

As an institution Harvard Medical School is defining future medicine. The strong cooperation and the unique environment bring together world class scientists in basic research, translational science, and medicine. By investing in the different research areas, from computational biology to clinical research, Harvard Medical School will help overcome today`s challenges in health and medicine. Most importantly, providing a healthy work environment and investing in the work force is the key to future success.

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Matthew YoungMatthew Young, AB ’12

MD Class of 2019, Harvard Medical School; JD Class of 2018, Harvard Law School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School is special—not because of its vast resources or its might—but because of its people. My classmates and professors are the most caring, compassionate, and dedicated individuals I have ever known. What makes this institution great is the love and devotion its people bring. It is hard not to be inspired each and every day.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Harvard Medical School is actively shaping the future of health care and medicine and inspiring greatness. The love that the faculty have for the students and the love that students have for each other and their patients—that's what makes this place so special.

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Ilana YurkiewiczIlana Yurkiewicz

MD Class of 2015, Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Here I gained the skills to be a competent and caring physician, and I’ve met many role models along the way.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

I hope Harvard continues to put patients at the center of their mission to improve health care, both in the individual doctor-patient relationship and in the system as a whole.

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Detina ZalliDetina Zalli, PhD

Research Fellow in Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Anton Chekhov once said, “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other”. Working in HSDM with extraordinary faculty and staff have fueled my desire to mentor and teach others, and increased my passion, commitment, and love for medicine. No better words than Anton Chekhov, can describe my passion for this profession.

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Matthew Zerden, MDMatthew Zerden, MD ’09, MPH ’09

Fellow in the Division of Family Planning, Department of OBGYN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

I had the freedom to explore the breadth of medicine, which included performing research in rural South Africa and East Boston. I had dedicated teachers who conveyed their passions which ranged from bench science to social justice. HMS allowed me to find the type of physician I wanted to emulate and directed me on a path of professional fulfillment.

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Weifeng Zhang, PhDWeifeng Zhang, PhD

Visiting Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

People are friendly here. When I arrived, everything was new for me. I had to be familiar with the language, living, and working environment in the first few months. With the help of my friends and my studies, I am now used to everything in Boston. I learn a lot from meetings, discussions, and classes. I like this city and Harvard Medical School, which will take my career to a new stage.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

HMS will help provide everyone in the world the same chances to get the best treatment.

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David S. Zimmon, MDDavid S. Zimmon, MD ’58

Physician, New York University School of Medicine

How has your experience with Harvard Medical School impacted you?

Harvard Medical School imparted the moral and intellectual training necessary for a productive and satisfying career in clinical medicine, teaching, and research.

How will HMS influence the future of health and medicine?

Continued leadership by Harvard Medical School is increasing in importance as government impinges medicine and business considerations overwhelm the professionalism of medical practice.

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Alumni

Alexander Arrow, MD ’96
Edward M. Barksdale Jr., MD ’84
David B. Bergman, MD ’66
Christopher Cameron Baker, MD ’74
Philip Chang, AB ’94, MD
Sigall K. Bell, MD ’97
Jesse Berry, AB ’04, MD ’08
Harold J. Burstein, AB ’86, MD ’90, AM ’94, PhD ’94
Andres Cardenas, MD, MMSc ’03, AGAF
Esiquio Casillas, MD ’01, MPH ’06
Katherine T. Chen, MD ’94, MPH
Kenneth W. Chin, MD ’74, FACR
Patricia A. Cook, AB ’73, MD ’77, FACP
Henry Delu Jr., MMSc ’08
Alicia Demirjian, MMS ’12
Jonathan Dubin, MD ’82
Jon Einarsson, MD, MPH ’04
William B. Ericson Jr., MD ’83, FACS, FAAOS
Carol A. Farris, PhD ’75
Daniel Federman, AB ’49, MD ’53
Lindsay Freud, MD ’07
Alan J. Friedman, MD ’59
Senator William H. Frist, MD ’78
Phyllis I. Gardner, MD ’76
Michael A. Gimbrone Jr., MD ’69
Laurie Green, AB’72, MD’76
Julia A. Haller, MD ’80
Charles Hartness, MD ’82
A.W. Karchmer, MD ’64
Louise Rambo King, MD ’93
Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH ’01
Dzifa Kpodzo, MD ’05, MPH ’06
Jimmy Krell, MD ’89
Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD ’76, FACR
John L. Marquardt Jr., PhD ’93
Stephen Martin, EdM ’96, MD ’01
Joan W. Miller, MD ’85, FARVO
James Morton, MD ’54
Victoria Niklas, AM ’85, MD ’89
Nancy Oriol, MD ’79
Walter Ralph Jr., MD ’95, PhD ’95
Robert H. Resnick, MD ’55
David Rottenberg, MD ’69
Felipe Samaniego, MD ’83, MPH ’83
Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD ’79
Paul C. Shellito, MD ’77
Arthur J. Siegel, MD ’67
Janice Taitel, MD ’91
Jordan Tishler, AB ’88, MD ’94
Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, MD ’88
Pamela Trotter, PhD ’92
Michael E. Wechsler, AB ’89, MD, MMSc ’03
Nancy Wei, MD ’06, MMSc ’12
Frank Welsh, MD ’66, MHA
Steven Weinberger, MD ’73
Barbara Wismer, MD ’86, MPH
Eleanor Womack, AB ’82, MD ’82
Matthew Zerden, MD ’09, MPH ’09
David S. Zimmon, MD ’58

 

 

Friends of HMS

Herbert Adler
Ernesto Bertarelli, MBA ’93
Joshua Boger, AM ’75, PhD ’79
Jack M. Connors Jr.
Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH ’62
Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH ’05
Luis Daniel Crespo, MD
Lawrence Delaney, MD
Ligia Clemencia Rueda Guzmán
Ken Hardy
John A. (AB ’56) and Virginia M. Kaneb
Luigi Maselli, PhD, MSc
John C. Rivard, MD
Leonard D. Schaeffer
Halle Tecco, MBA ’11
Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Thomas Vecchione, MD

 

 

Faculty/Staff

Nathalie Apchin
Sigall K. Bell, MD ’97
Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS
Maria Buckley
Harold J. Burstein, AB ’86, MD ’90, AM ’94, PhD ’94
Roland A. Carlstedt, PhD
Philip Chang, AB ’94, MD
Helen Christou, MD
Robert Colgrove, MD
Alicia Demirjian, MMS ’12
Eileen M. Dryden, PhD
Jon Einarsson, MD, MPH ’04
Seanne Falconer, MBA
Daniel Federman, AB ’49, MD ’53
Jeffrey S. Flier, MD
Hannah Fox
Lindsay Freud, MD ’07
Phineas P. Gage
Michael A. Gimbrone Jr., MD ’69
Leonard L. Glass, MD, MPH ’70
Robert M. Goisman, MD
Abdulkerim Gokoglu, MD
Jeremy Goverman, MD, FACS
Ian Grayson, DDS
Chenghua Gu, PhD
Bennett Gurian, AB, MSc, MD
Nouchine Hadjikhani
Rosa Hernandez
Thomaskutty Idiculla, PhD
A.W. Karchmer, MD ’64
Darlene R. Ketten, PhD
Faiza Khawaja
Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH ’01
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Zengshan Li, MD
Mangadhara Rao Madineedi, MD, MSA
Joan W. Miller, MD ’85, FARVO
Tracey Milligan, MD, MS
Mahmoud A. Moawad, MD, MPH, FACP
Thomas Naughton
Jane Neill
Charles A. Nelson, PhD
Nancy Oriol, MD ’79
Russell Phillips, MD
Roy Phitayakorn, MD
Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhD
Valerie Pronio-Stelluto, MD, FACP
Sherri Rose, PhD
Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD
Laurie Rosenblatt, MD
Peter Santer, MD
Jerome Schultz, PhD
Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD ’79
Paul C. Shellito, MD ’77
Timothy Shumaker
Arthur J. Siegel, MD ’67
Sabina Signoretti, MD
Sarabjeet Singh, MBBS, MMST
Ralph O. Suarez, PhD
Nancy J. Tarbell, MD
Giovanni J. Ughi, PhD
Nancy Wei, MD ’06, MMSc ’12
Garif Yalak, PhD
Detina Zalli, PhD
Weifeng Zhang, PhD

 

 

Students

Brandon Mahal, MD '14
Nick Alvey, MD ’16
Davis "Mac" Stephen, MD ’15
Yun Xue, MD ’16
Matthew Young, AB ’12, JD ’18, MD ’19
Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD ’15